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 Bander Training Workshop Information 

Throughout the year, we offer workshops for individuals wanting to be trained in bird banding or just to brush up on skills they already posses. We typically offer one Beginner and two Advanced Bander Workshops annually.

The Beginner Workshop, designed for individuals with little or no banding experience, focuses on banding ethics, banding methodology, safe handling and extraction of birds from mist nets. As time allows, participants will be introduced to molt terminology and learning to age passerines using molt limits. 

The focus of the Advanced Workshop is to decode the “Pyle Guide”, discuss molt terminology, and teach ageing passerines using molt limits; therefore, participants are expected to have prior experience handling and extracting birds from nets. This workshop is an excellent primer for the NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide.  
The majority of time in the workshops will be spent in the field with live birds; however, these sessions will be complemented with some afternoon or evening presentations. The cost for each workshop is $650 per person.  On site lodging (with kitchen) and breakfast is included.  Participants will want to arrive Tuesday evening prior to the workshop. The workshop will begin before dawn on Wednesday and end Sunday at noon.

Dates for upcoming workshops are: May 10-14 (Advanced Workshop) and May 16-20 (Beginner).
If you are interested in attending a workshop please fill out the workshop Google Form. Submission of the google form does not guarantee a place in the workshop.  Space is limited, therefore priority will be given to those with opportunities to continue to utilize the skills we teach through work or volunteering. 

BirdSafe Pittsburgh

Information about our citizen science project, BirdSafe Pittsburgh, can be found at the Birdsafe  website. With the help of the public we are recording instances of bird injuries or fatalities from building collisions in the city. Our volunteers help rescue injured birds and collect data which will allow us to reduce bird-building collisions in the future. 

This Fall, volunteers have spent many hours looking for birds that collided with windows in the Golden Triangle area of downtown Pittsburgh. If you are interested in walking a route or surveying your home, don't hesitate to contact us at You can also find out more information about BirdSafe Pittsburgh on Facebook


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